I expect Yulia to win several competitions next season. I'd be surprised if Gold surpassed her in the results.
What I've seen from Yulia this far has convinced me she's an exceptional athlete and a fine competitor, but the choreography she's given and her presentation feel a bit like a gymnastic routine to me. It's certainly impressive in its own way, but it leaves me cold, and I feel that she hears but doesn't feel the music. Of course, these are subjective matters... and her brand of artistry certainly gets love from judges.
Looking forward to seeing her mature and develop as a skater. Maybe her future programs will change my perception of her as somewhat robotic skater, maybe not, but I'm gonna keep watching anyway.
I posted this elsewhere but think since the topic shifted a bit here it's relevant
This shows not only her technical aspect improving but she lands it so smooth in Worlds with artistic arm movements which help her presentation and transitions score but also her TES. If you watch both programs in full it's unreal the amount of artistry she has added. Just my opinion though. I'm kind of a fan.Yulia's 2a is improving!!! Look at it just a week or two before skate Canada this year. (0:50 mark)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1052CQRfdw
Now compare it to WC!!
WC 2014 (1:18 mark) smooth as silk!!
Call me crazy all you want but I love her 2a and think its the best technique for combo's. I've been saying if she gets a quad it will be 2a-4t
Polina competed in the 2013-2014 JGPF. She had two serious mistakes in the SP and was 5th going into the FS. But she was 2nd in the FS, landing 7 clean triples and finished 4th overall, just 1.97 points out of 3rd place.
BTW, on the Ladies panel at the JGPF: Alla SHEKHOVTSEVA and Yury BALKOV
SHEKHOVTSEVA also sat on the JR MEN's panel at the JGPF.
Sotnikova and Lipnitskaya were the ones the Russians payed millions of dollars to be scored as they were this year, knowing they were the two most likely to compete at the Olympics in Russia. Even though the worlds was after the Olympics the money that Russia put into the season would have carried in that too. The season is over so things will be reset and we will see where everyone goes from her. Overscoring aside Julia's consistency will always stand her in good stead, atleast until/if she loses some of it.
Its really a dream, but my prediction is that Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin skate to Conchita Wurst's "rise like a phoenix"
Like a free or gala... Im sorry I have the lyrics stuck in my head hehehe
Julia (assuming she gets past/somehow delays puberty): win 2 GP, silver/gold in GPF, fight for Russia title with Elena/Adelina?, silver/gold in Euros, silver/gold in Worlds
Gracie: win SA and medal in other GP, medal in GPF, fight for US title with Polina, medal in Worlds --> favourite for Boston (depends on whether she places higher than Polina)
Elena: win 1 GP,medal in the other, silver/gold in GPF, fight for Russia title with Julia/Adelina?, silver/gold in Euros, medal in Worlds
Polina: medal in 2 GP, fight for medal in GPF, fight for US title with Gracie, top 5 in Worlds --> medal contender in Boston (depends on whether she places higher than Gracie)
Anna: medal in 2 GP, fight for medal in GPF, bronze in Russian Nationals? ,podium in Euros (depends on whether Adelina competes), top 5 in Worlds
Adelina (Personally I think she only deserves bronze in Sochi after Yuna and Carolina while Mao places first in FS, so I don't really know what to expect of her): medal in 2 GP, fight for podium in GPF (if she competes in GP circuit), fight for Russian title with Julia/Elena (if she competes), podium in Euros, top 5 in Worlds --> hopefully fades out and retires (seriously I don't think she has the motivation to continue competing after "winning" the Olympic gold)
Li Zijun (if she regains her form in 2013 Worlds): medal in COC, fight for gold in 4CC with Kanako/Park So-youn/Miyahara (assuming that Gracie/Polina/Ashley/Mao don't compete), top 10 in Worlds
Kanako: medal in NHK, fight for gold in Jap Nationals with Miyahara (if Mao doesn't compete), fight for gold in 4CC with Li Zijun/Park So-youn/Miyahara (assuming that Gracie/Polina/Ashley don't compete), top 10 in Worlds --> potential retirement
Park So-youn (if she maintains her form in Saitama): 4th/5th in GP, fight for gold in 4CC with Li Zijun/Park So-youn/Miyahara (assuming that Gracie/Polina/Ashley don't compete), top 10 in Worlds
Miyahara: medal in NHK, fight for gold in Jap Nationals with Kanako (if Mao doesn't compete), fight for gold in 4CC with Kanako/Park So-youn/Li Zijun (assuming that Gracie/Polina/Ashley don't compete), top 12 in Worlds
Kaetlyn: medal in SC, medal in 4CC?, top 10 in Worlds
Mao (I think she may pull off a "Yuna" season: compete in Nationals and Worlds only since Japan needs her to earn 3 placements for ladies and I don't think Kanako and Miyahara can pull it off): gold in Jap Nationals (if she competes), podium in Worlds (gold if she lands both 3As cleanly and Gracie/Julia/Elena fall)
Yuzuru: gold for everything except GPF (it's held in Barcelona), fight for gold in Worlds with Javier/Patrick (if he competes)
Javier: medal in 2 GP, fight for gold in GPF with Yuzuru (slight advantage in PCS since it's in Barcelona), gold in Euros, fight for gold in Worlds with Yuzuru/Patrick (if he competes)
Machida: medal in 2 GP, medal in GPF (disadvantage in PCS against Yuzuru and Hanyu), silver in Jap Nat, podium in Worlds (his only chance of winning is skating cleanly in both programs and Yuzuru fall)
Denis Ten: medal in 2 GP?, medal in GPF (if he qualified), fight for gold in 4CC with Yan Han(if Yuzuru/Machida doesn't compete), podium in Worlds (I think he will beat Machida if they both skate cleanly in PCS since he is the Olympic bronze medalist)
Patrick (he really needs to fix his 3A or at least don't fall on it like in TEB, or else I doubt the judges will continue give him PCS as high as Yuzuru's. Same as Mao, I hope he will pull off a "Yuna" season since Canada needs him to earn 3 placements for men and while Nam has potential, the kid still lacks a quad and Kevin is way too unstable): gold in nationals, fight for gold in Worlds with Yuzuru (Javier will need to skate cleanly in both programs and both Yuzuru/Patrick fall to win gold)
Kovtun: medal in 2 GP (gold in COR?), qualify for GPF, silver in Euros, top 5 in Worlds (his only chance of medaling is when Ten/Machida fall)
Yan Han: medal in 2 GP (gold in COC?), qualify for GPF, fight for gold in 4CC with Ten (if Yuzuru/Machida don't compete), top 5 in Worlds (surprise bronze if Machida/Ten/Kovtun fall and he skate clean since Worlds is in Shanghai)
I actually think Kovtun will surprise a lot of people next season. His trajectory in terms of jumping ability has been extremely rapid, and his artistry is continually improving. I wish he wasn't so darn cocky though, although he must have a very thick skin after the flak he gets for 2013 Worlds. I don't understand people who say Voronov will surpass him because clearly Kovtun isn't showing many signs of slowing down, not yet at least. Already his quads are fairly reliable and his axel is very reliable. I'm guessing he can medal at the GPF and win at least one GP event. His PCS will quite likely clear 42/85 points by the end of the season, and potentially a PB of about 95 points in the SP (if he does 4-3 along with 4/3A) and 170+ in the FS, which could put him in contention for a world medal.